Immigrants and immigrant allies nationwide are on strike today as part of the #DayWithoutImmigrants protest. The protests are in response to President Trump’s continuous attacks on immigrants, both undocumented and legal. Americans from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles are closing stores, missing work, skipping school and protesting by the thousands in solidarity with all immigrants. Here are some photos and tweets from the multiple protests.
Many immigrant-run neighborhoods in major U.S. cities turned into ghost towns.
Immigrants and their supporters used Feb. 16 as a day of protest and strike against President Trump and his immigration policies. Since taking office, Trump has banned immigrants and refugees from 7 predominately-Muslim countries and Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested more than 600 people within a week.
Schools saw major drops in attendance as parents kept children home is support of the protests.
“The really important dynamic to note is this is not antagonistic, employee-against-employer,” Janet Murguia, the president of the Hispanic rights group National Council of La Raza, told The Charlotte Observer. “This is employers and workers standing together, not in conflict. Businesses cannot function without immigrant workers today.”
Protesters are hoping that the nationwide demonstration will show the Trump administration just what it will look like if there were no immigrants.
“It just shows that people are anxious, that people want to raise their voices in opposition to Trump’s policies and they’re not OK with what he’s been pushing and they’re going to have their voices heard one way or another,” Jose Lara, the dean of students at the Santee Education Complex south of downtown L.A., told LA Times.
For the thousands marching, it seems that la lucha sigue.